Canadian Pacific Railway Supervisor Rail Maintenance - Revelstoke in Revelstoke, British Columbia

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Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit to see the rail advantages of Canadian Pacific.

This position can be based out of Vancouver, Revelstoke, Kamloops or Golden, although these are the preferred locations, other locations will be considered based on the successful candidate as long as it’s based out of other CP locations within Western Canada.


The Supervisor Rail Maintenance will implement and oversee the annual rail grinding program including both production grinding and spot grinding over one third of the Canadian Pacific Railway to extend the life of the rail, turnout assets and minimize speed restrictions account rail condition. The successful candidate will provide accurate assessments of short term and long term rail grinding requirements.

The Supervisor Rail Maintenance will also implement and oversee the annual shoulder ballast cleaner and rail vac programs over one third of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The individual will provide accurate assessments of short term and long term ballast maintenance requirements.


  • Assess and/or survey rail condition in every mile of main track. Develop annual and long term rail maintenance plans to extend rail life, reduce rail-caused derailments and protect network fluidity;

  • Create detailed mile by mile grinding plans and ensures the full execution by grinding contractors;

  • Ensure rail grinding plans are developed and executed to maintain rail conditions that are capable of reliable ultrasonic inspection;

  • Make regular contact with regional Engineering Track Managers to co-ordinate rail grinding and recommend lubrication programs;

  • Ensure production rail grinding, spot grinding and fire suppression equipment is provided within contract specifications;

  • Provide input to the development of the annual budget and oversees cost control for the rail grinding program so that it is completed within budget. Provides input to rail grinding contracts;

  • Complete a thorough rail grinding planning process, acquires a good knowledge of rail and track conditions essential to extend rail life;

  • Directly supervises rail maintenance/grinding programs when not involved in track and rail inspection;

  • Communicate with provincial regulators to review and/or advise of grinding activities in the area. Minimize fire hazards and review fire suppression measures;

  • Perform quality inspection/ audit reviews of contracted rail grinding operations to insure proper procedures are adhered to;

  • Maintain company records on track features and rail condition and corrective actions in TPEG databases;

  • Participate in the investigation of rail service failures or other grinding operation failures, e.g. rules violations, etc as it relates to grinding activities/ operations. Provides input to recommendations and corrective actions as a result of those investigations;

  • Supply supplemental lists and recommendations to the Manager Rail Maintenance for the Engineering Track Renewal Planning group with specific locations that qualify for rail renewal or relay rail;

  • Complete on-site inspections for specific areas identified by RFD vehicles as a rail testing exception and provide report to Manager Rail Maintenance for appropriate corrective action. Responsible for executing the schedule for the Shoulder Ballast Cleaner and Rail Vac ballast maintenance equipment;

  • Provide input to the development of the annual ballast maintenance schedule. Provides input to the ballast maintenance equipment contracts;

  • Coordinates transits for relocating equipment from work site to work site either through conductor pilots or in train service;

  • Oversees contractors (rail grinding / ballast maintenance) compliance to company policies and safety through in field visits, audits and efficiency testing;

  • Perform quality inspections of contracted ballast maintenance operations to insure proper procedures are adhered to;

  • Participate in the investigation of ballast maintenance operation failures, e.g. rules violations, etc. as it relates to ballast maintenance activities/operations. Provides input to recommendations and corrective actions as a result of those investigation.


  • Post-secondary education in related field is an asset;

  • 10 years of railway experience in relevant work in Engineering Services that should include at least 2 years of direct track maintenance work;

  • Familiarity with grinding practices and procedures common to the industry;

  • Familiarity with ballast maintenance practices and procedures common to the industry;

  • Network view and understanding of network operations including operating rule qualifications for Canada and USA as applicable;

  • Ability to persuade for the overall betterment of the railway in situations where individual objectives may conflict;

  • Strong communicator across multiple functions;

  • Coordinating/ influencing skills;

  • Required to be on call on a regular basis outside of normal business hours and workdays;

  • Candidate must possess or be able to obtain a Canadian Passport. Candidate will be required to travel to the USA.


  • Flexible and competitive benefits package

  • Competitive company pension plan

  • Employee Share Purchase Plan

  • Performance Incentive Program

  • Annual Fitness Subsidy


As an employer with national presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements. (Canada and US all Non-Union positions only)

Medical Requirements: CP is committed to the safety and health of its employees and the general public. This position is considered a safety sensitive or safety critical position (please select the applicable one); all new hires will be required to complete a pre-employment medical evaluation that includes a vision, hearing, drug screening and pre-employment physical.

Background Investigation:

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:

  • Criminal history check

  • Reference check

Management Conductor Program:

Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CP. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.

CP is an equal opportunity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA").